Episcopal Names New Cheer Coaching Staff

Three New Coaches Announced

Following an extensive search, the Episcopal Athletic Office is proud to announce three coaching appointments within the ESJ Cheer Program, to take effect immediately.

After five years as a Varsity Assistant Coach and JV Head Coach, Dani St. Onge Frei will be stepping into the Program Director and Varsity Head Coach positions. Assisting Coach Dani on the Varsity staff will be former Division 1 cheerleaders, Melissa Durso and Abby Senterfitt ’11. Filling out the cheerleading staff will be current ESJ science teacher and former cheer coach, Janet Buford.

Coach Dani has been with the Episcopal Cheer Program since 2012. She served as JV Head Coach from 2012 to 2015 before moving to Varsity Assistant Coach. Coach Dani was recognized in 2014 with the John Ryan Excellence in Coaching Award for her work with the JV cheer team. Coach Dani has coached a wide variety of ages and skill levels during her time as a cheer coach.

Coach Melissa Durso, who captained the Rider University cheer team during her collegiate career, begins her first year at Episcopal. Coach Melissa cheered in high school as well as college and most recently coached at the high school level at Montgomery High in Skillman, New Jersey.  Her Montgomery High squad finished fifth at UCA Nationals in 2015. Besides her Episcopal position, she is employed by Duval County Public Schools as an elementary school teacher.

Coach Abby Senterfitt ’11 will begin her first year on the cheer staff at Episcopal. Coach Abby cheered at Episcopal, where she received the Coach’s Award. After Episcopal, Coach Abby went on to cheer for Florida State University where she was a captain and team MVP. Additionally, Coach Abby was a member of the Florida State Student Athlete Advisory Council, which worked with school administration on behalf of all student-athletes.  Besides her ESJ position, Coach Abby is employed by Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital.

Coach Janet Buford enters her second stint as a coach with ESJ’s cheer program. She has a strong understanding of the Episcopal community and will bring an on-campus presence to the program. In addition to coaching, Coach Buford is a full time faculty member of the school’s Science Department.

“I feel we have put together an outstanding staff to lead our cheer program going forward. Each coach brings a skill set that will enhance our student-athletes’ experience in fall and competitive cheerleading,” said Andy Kidd ’99, Episcopal Athletics Director. “Additionally, I am confident that, besides possessing strong cheer backgrounds, these coaches understand the importance of serving as strong role models for our girls.”